George Orwell’s seminal novel, 1984, is back at the top of the best seller lists and is currently number one on Amazon. In the days since Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway’s infamous speech, and the much quoted “alternative facts”, there has been a resurgence of interest in the book.
Orwell was interested in how language can be used a tool of oppression – especially when a political culture creates it’s own synonyms – nice words for nasty things, or limits how language as a form of self expression is permitted to be used by the people.
We now live in a world where are lies, damn lies and alternative facts…
– Your Joyful Benefactor